Anti-COVID mandated Nevada lawmaker to run for Congress


CARSON CITY, Nevada (AP) – State lawmaker marching in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021, and was subsequently censored for refusing to wear a mask in the Statehouse is running for Congress in Nevada.

Annie Black, a Republican congresswoman from Mesquite, announced on Tuesday that she plans to challenge Rep. Steven Horsford in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District.

The district, which contains majority-minority urban areas and rural ranching counties north of Las Vegas, has traded hands between Republicans and Democrats for the past decade. Redesigned neighborhood maps have passed by Nevada lawmakers last year, more Democrats were named to the new congressional district, which Biden would have won by 8.5 percentage points.

Black, who beat an incumbent MP in the 2020 Republican primary, said in a statement his campaign would focus on economic issues, including small business, inflation and Nevada’s high unemployment rate.

“The Nevada that I know and love is the land of opportunity, but the economic policies of Biden-Horsford are destroying our state and bankrupting Nevadas,” said Black, who works in real estate when he does. is not in the legislature.

The ad also referred to his opposition to the mask warrants in the Statehouse.

“As Governor Sisolak and the state legislature issued mask warrants, Annie took a stand on the assembly floor and was censored by Democrats for refusing to wear a mask and provide a passport vaccine, ”he said.

Nevada has a mask warrant for indoor public places in most counties, but allowed lawmakers who provided proof of vaccination to visit the Statehouse without a mask last spring. It also provided exemptions for guests vaccinated at major events such as professional sporting events, concerts and trade shows. Sisolak implemented state mandates as emergency measures and decrees.

Mandate debates are likely to come back to the fore as a variant-fueled wave sweeps through the state. The number of new cases reported daily has grown steadily in recent weeks, and state officials on Tuesday reported a 14-day moving average of 1,896 new daily cases.

Although Black said she left the United States Capitol when barricades were broken on January 6, 2021, the Congressional Democratic campaign committee attacked her for participating in the insurgency and argued that that made her an unfit candidate.

“Annie Black is a far-right extremist who has been strongly condemned by Nevadans for participating in the January 6 attack on our nation’s Capitol,” spokeswoman Johanna Warshaw said in a statement.

Black is expected to run against several Republicans in the June 2022 primary, including 2020 candidate Sam Peters, a retired Air Force officer; Jessie Vargas, a former professional boxer; and Chance Bonaventura, an assistant to Las Vegas City Councilor Michele Fiore.

Horsford beat former Assembly member Jim Marchant by 4.4 percentage points in 2020, but Democrats fear low voter turnout and historical trends favoring the minority party in the mid-election years. mandate make the district vulnerable.

The Nevada Current reported in December that Congresswoman Dina Titus, a Democrat who represents Nevada’s first congressional district, warned union members at an AFL-CIO town hall that there was lucky the three Democrats representing Nevada in the US House of Representatives will be defeated in 2022.

“The Republicans are going to come out, and they are excited,” she said.


This story has been corrected to show that Black announced his intention to run in Nevada’s 4th Congressional District on Tuesday, not Monday.


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